Fruit Flies (Drosophila melanogaster)
What Are Fruit Flies?
Common fruit flies are easily identified by their small size and distinctive red eyes. Females lay around 500 eggs. Eggs hatch to become larvae, then pupate. Adult flies emerge from pupae to complete their lifecycle in as little as ten days.
A rapid generation time and life-cycle. Other features make them perfect for laboratory and scientific use. This explains why this fly can so quickly become a significant nuisance pest.
The fly pictured is clearly a male because the last two abdominal segments are dark. In female flies, the segments are uniform and light.
Externally, these flies can be found almost anywhere. Likely sites of Fruit Fly activity include compost & rubbish bins, where you find sweet residues and rotten fruit along with other fermenting products are a powerful attractant.
A fruit fly infestation in your home or business is no fun. Flies are common in our homes and businesses, especially in kitchens, bars and beer cellars. They are attracted to spilt residues that build up beneath the lips of sinks, or between the bottom of base unit plinths and the floor.
Fruit bowls need to be checked for spoiled or overripe fruit and internal food waste bins need to be washed regularly to reduce sweet deposits. Recycling bins also need to be cleaned if they have had spillages from used beer and wine bottles or ripe fruit juice receptacles.
Again, Good housekeeping can discourage these flies.
Poor hygiene encourages Fruit Flies, meaning they are an early sign of deteriorating or consistently neglected hygiene in food premises.
Good house-keeping can make a big difference to the success of any pest management plan. This is a key indicator of quality and one of the first things that council food safety officers look for.
Are Fruit Flies Dangerous?
Fruit flies are generally quite harmless and present as a nuisance, more than a critical vector or distributor of disease.
For this reason, small numbers of flies are often tolerated by restaurant owners etc.
Customers, however, will be less than thrilled with flies pestering them. Negative online reviews on this subject can quickly, cripple a food business.
Fly control measures such as discreet electronic fly killing (EFK’s)devices, along with fruit fly traps provide economical control.
They are low cost to maintain and are essential to reassure customers. Traps and EFK’s also demonstrate due diligence to EHO’s.
Make A Quick Fruit Fly Trap
- Take a jam jar
- Pour in 100ml of apple cider vinegar
- Pour in 100ml of water
- Add one drop of dish soap to reduce the surface tension
- Mix together
- Cover with plastic wrap held on the rim with a rubber band
- Pirce the wrap, creating a few small holes
- Place close to where you are seeing the fruit flies
- Wallah – You should start catching.
Do Fruitflies Carry & Spread Disease?
Although they have a capacity to spread viruses, bacteria and moulds, it’s fruit-flies are rarely a risk to humans. So for now, at least they only seen as a nuisance pest.
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